Legislative Update, January 30, 2010

LEGISLATIVE ACTION  ALERT                    
January 30, 2010
Tennessee General Assembly information and contacts: http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/
To email legislators, look on the left side of the page, select House or Senate, then ‘Members’.
Don’t forget that you can now watch on your computer the committee meetings and the floor sessions: 
Phone calls can go to the Legislative Switchboard: (615) 741-3011 or to the Toll Free number 1-800-449-8366+1+ last four digits of office phone number (available at the same location).

Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is Courage that counts.
~~ Winston Churchill

He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
2 Samuel 23:3.



On February 5, Rep. (Lt. Col.) John Mark Windle (D-Livingston) will leave to serve our country in Iraq. Please put him on your permanent prayer list. Sen. Ophelia Ford (D-Memphis) continues to be absent from the Capitol. As the regular session is now underway, please pray for wisdom, discernment and integrity as very important decisions are made during the next few months. Best wishes to Rep. Donna Rowland (R-Murfreesboro) who is engaged to Ronnie Barrett, Barrett Rifles.


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HB 1916 by *Lynn ( *SB 1674 by *Johnson)
Labor - As introduced, enacts the "Secret Ballot Protection Act of 2009"

The federal Labor Management Relations Act of 1947 requires that all elections to determine whether a bargaining unit of employees will be represented by a union must be conducted by secret ballot. This bill creates a state statutory right for all employees seeking to select a bargaining representative to do so by secret ballot. This bill prohibits any waiver of the right to secret ballot elections. 

STATUS: SB1674 passed the senate committee last year and is awaiting action on Senate the floor. HB1916 is on the Employee Affairs Calendar Wednesday.

ACTION ITEM: The opportunity for a secret ballot is a cornerstone of our Constitutional Republic. Please contact these committee members and urge them to vote YES to support this important right [Click on the name]: Mike McDonald, Sherry Jones and Gary Moore.


HB 2059 by *Lynn ( *SB 0153 by *Ketron)
Criminal Offenses - As introduced, classifies as a Class A misdemeanor, subject to a fine only, the unauthorized implantation of an electronic identification and/or tracking device or mark placed on any human being.

This bill prohibits any person from knowingly requiring, coercing, or causing an individual to have an identification or tracking device or mark permanently incorporated into or on the body, skin, teeth, hair, or fingernails of the individual. For purposes of this bill, an "identification or tracking device or mark" is any technology capable of storing or passively or actively transmitting an individual's identity, characteristics, status, group membership, travel history, or location, or capable of storing or transmitting an identifier that could be linked with any such information.

‘Chipping and tracking’ is an invasion of privacy in all cases and there is evidence that this chips have caused cancer in animals. It could start out voluntary (which is bad enough), but move to a requirement. If you’re forced to have a chip put in you as a condition of employment, that’s taking away your civil liberties and your freedom and it is crucial to ban the technology before it gains any traction. More information go HERE and HERE.

STATUS: This important bill was on the Criminal Practice Subcommittee calendar last Tuesday, but was postponed until next week to add an amendment.

ACTION ITEM: Please contact the following legislators and URGE them to vote YES: [Click on name]: Janis Sontany, Eddie Bass, Karen Camper. 




NOTE: As these bills begin to move you will receive detailed information on each.

SB 3589 by *Ketron ( *HB 3300 by *McCormick)
Judgments - As introduced, specifies three reasons why a foreign judgment would not be conclusive, and further states that a foreign defamation judgment shall not be recognized if the defamation law of the foreign court adjudicating the case provided less protection for freedom of speech and press than the United States and Tennessee constitutions.
*SB 3740 by *Bunch  [Rep. Vance Dennis has the House companion]
Civil Procedure - As introduced, establishes that contracts based on the law of any foreign state or country that incorporates substantive or procedural law that would violate rights and privileges granted under the U.S. or Tennessee constitution are against the public policy of this state and are void and unenforceable in this state

SB 3143 by *Black ( *HB 3174 by *Maggart)
Children - As introduced, requires parental or legal guardian consent for further testing or storage of blood or biological samples taken from a newborn for purposes other than the required test to be performed on the newborn
*SB 2480 by *Gresham ( HB 3105 by *Harwell)
Education - As introduced, requires local boards of education to give preference to parent's request in classroom placement of multiple birth siblings

In addition, we will quickly move our Resolution on the Senate Floor:
*HJR 0369 by *Bell
Memorials, Congress - Urges United States Senate to reject ratification of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. For additional information, go
STATUS: You may recall that this very important Resolution passed the House
last year and was stalled on the Senate floor the last day of session.

Governor Bredesen’s budget proposal will call for tapping the $550-million rainy-day fund, but he won’t reveal how much he will call for using—predictions have been $100 to $300 millon. House Speaker Kent Williams thinks they may want to use more; Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey would like to see no more than one-third of the funds used. Go
HERE for more information.

The ‘cut-off’ date for the filing of legislation in the Senate was Thursday, January 28; the House has a few more days. For the two-year session we now have 3915 bills in the Senate and 3729 in the House.

SB 3160 by *Bunch ( *HB 3123 by *Dunn)
Ethics - As introduced, enacts the"Ben Nelson Act to Ensure Political Integrity."
NOTE: You gotta love this—this bill would redefine the state’s definition of bribery to include circumstances in which elected officials agree to vote for or against legislation in exchange for special consideration for their districts.

*SB 2741 by *Kelsey
Education - As introduced, enacts the "Parental Choice Scholarship Act."

*SB 2659 by *Ketron ( HB 2776 by *Casada)
Appropriations - As introduced, prohibits state funding of, and contracting with, certain organizations; requests comptroller to review FY 2009-2010 budget to identify appropriations made to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.
NOTE: In case you didn’t notice this is the ACORN bill!

*SB 2743 by *Kelsey ( HB 3202 by *Eldridge)
Physicians and Surgeons - As introduced, directs the department of health to encourage physicians to provide a publication dealing with umbilical cord blood banking to a woman by the end of her second trimester

SB 2753 by *Johnson ( *HB 2685 by *Hill)
Employees, Employers - As introduced, authorizes employers to require English be spoken in the workplace if necessary to conduct the employer's business

*SB 2660 by *Ketron ( HB 2940 by *Carr)
Driver Licenses - As introduced, requires all written driver license examinations be given in English

*SB 2681 by *Ketron ( HB 2799 by *McCormick)
Election Laws - As introduced, allows registrar to email a ballot to each member of the armed forces and each citizen temporarily outside the United States who is entitled to vote and who has submitted a valid application for a ballot.

*SB 2682 by *Ketron ( HB 2798 by *McCormick)
Election Laws - As introduced, allows registrar to email a ballot to each member of the armed forces and each citizen temporarily outside the United States who is entitled to vote and who has submitted a valid application for a ballot.

SB 2686 by *Black ( *HB 2681 by *Hill)
Health Care - As introduced, prohibits coverage for abortion services under any health care plan required to be established in this state pursuant to federal health care reform legislation

SB 2687 by *Black ( *HB 2680 by *Hill)
Health Care - As introduced, prohibits coverage for abortion services under any health care plan required to be established in this state pursuant to federal health care reform legislation.

SB 2693 by *Faulk ( *HB 2490 by *Swafford)
Education - As introduced, requires the department of education to collect data on students who cannot prove lawful residence in the United States and to issue an annual report concerning the adverse impact of public school enrollment of such students and the cost of public school education for such students.